Volvo S60 Cross Country revealed ahead of 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Article by Andrew Christian, on January 8, 2015

Volvo promises to surprise its audience at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show as the Swedish carmaker will bring the S60 Cross Country. A segment first from Volvo Cars, the new S60 Cross Country promises to continue the tradition started by the V70 Cross Country in 1997.

S60 Cross Country will be the first premium sedan with the same level of capability and rugged design cues of the brand new Cross Country wagons. The vehicle will arrive with a T5 all-wheel drive powertrain with 250 hp (254 hp in Europe and 249 hp in Russia for taxation reasons).

Volvo's S60 Cross Country is built to draw in customers who are looking for a sedan that is not only capable and thrilling, but also offers the advantages of a crossover. The S60 Cross Country crossover sedan features a ride height that is higher by 65mm (2.5 inches).

Likewise, this new offering from Volvo features an All-Wheel Drive system that is found on its V60 Cross Country sibling, However, Volvo will also offer front-wheel-drive versions of the S60 Cross Country in Europe and selected markets.

Stylish in its own right, S60 Cross Country echoes Volvo’s leanings towards nature as well as its Scandinavian heritage. It rides on either both 18-inch and 19-inch wheels wrapped in high profile tires. These tires do not only offer improved wheel protection and all-road aesthetics, they also provide heightened comfort for vehicle occupants.

With these specs, a rugged appearance and a higher stance, the Volvo S60 Cross Country promises to provide driving enjoyment even in unconventional ways. Alain Visser, Senior Vice President Sales for Marketing and Customer Service for Volvo, remarked that the S60 Cross Country is the only offering in the crossover sedan segment.

He noted that despite being the first to offer such kind of vehicle, Volvo is confident enough with the S60 Cross Country as it will fill a clear niche in the market for capable yet rugged sedans with the higher stance of a crossover.

Press Release

Volvo takes Cross Country brand into sedan territory

Volvo Cars is stepping up to meet the demands of its core customers with the unveiling of the exciting S60 Cross Country at the Detroit Auto Show.

Back in 1997, when Volvo was the first premium brand to introduce an all-road capable variant of its successful wagons, no one could predict the future success of the crossover concept. Today, the crossover is ubiquitous and has helped to define a whole new category of lifestyle vehicle. Volvo is once again taking a bold step forward – this time in the sedan segment – with the unveiling of the S60 Cross Country – the first premium sedan with the same level of capability and rugged design cues of the renowned Cross Country wagons.

"We want to further explore the market with our Cross Country brand. We did this back in 1997 with the V70 Cross Country and it led to the birth of a whole new segment. We have included all the capability-driven benefits of the Cross Country brand in this new model, while offering a completely unique expression of adventure and all-road readiness in a distinctly sporty and stylish package," says Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President Product Strategy and Vehicle Line Management at Volvo Cars.

Capable stance

Like the recently introduced V60 Cross Country, the S60 Cross Country shares an increased ride height of 65mm (2.5 inches) and comes with the same capable All-Wheel Drive underpinnings of its sibling, making it the only truly capable and stylish all-road sedan crossover on the market. The S60 Cross Country will also be delivered with front-wheel drive in Europe and selected markets.

"The S60 Cross Country is the sole contender in the crossover sedan segment. We have identified a clear niche in the market for a more capable sedan with rugged styling cues and a higher stance. The S60 Cross Country will appeal to people that are searching for an exciting and capable sedan, whilst enjoying the clear benefits that a crossover offers," says Alain Visser, Senior Vice President Sales, Marketing and Customer Service.

Reflecting Volvo's love of nature and Scandinavian heritage, the S60 Cross Country offers both 18" and 19" wheels with high profile tyres that add both comfort and all-road aesthetics, reduce road noise, and add increased wheel protection when needed.

Delivering an involved and focused driving experience with rugged substance, this dynamic design brings a sporty, unconventional and adventurous edge to the sedan concept.

Powertrain

The S60 Cross Country will launch with a full powertrain program, ranging from a powerful T5 All-Wheel Drive gasoline powertrain delivering up to 250 bhp* available in the US, Canada, Russia and Europe, to the Front-Wheel Drive 190 hp diesel D4, based on Volvo's class-leading Drive-E powertrain architecture, offering a no-compromise blend of efficiency and performance in European markets. A diesel All-Wheel Drive D4 will also be launched based on the proven 2.4l 5-cylinder diesel engine. The S60 Cross Country is expected to be available to order by early summer.

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